Incoming NWRA Chairman Ross Testifies Before EPA Panel

Incoming NWRA Chairman Ross Testifies Before EPA Panel

Urges the Agency to Work with the Industry to Adopt a Workable Rule

ARLINGTON, VA – Don Ross, the National Waste & Recycling Association’s (NWRA) incoming chairman, testified virtually before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its Proposed Rule and Related Materials for Control of Air Pollution from New Motor Vehicles: Heavy-Duty Engine and Vehicle Standards. The proposed rule would set new standards to reduce pollution from heavy-duty vehicles and engines.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to testify before the EPA and present the industry’s perspective on its proposed rule,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. “NWRA member companies have a unique perspective that allows our manufacturers and haulers to work together to best understand the impacts of new air pollution regulations, specifically on the short-haul truck industry, and we commend the EPA for recognizing the difference between long- and short-haul trucking as it relates to pollution controls.”

The waste and recycling industry continues to invest heavily in zero and near-zero emission vehicles. A burdensome standard could limit or slow down the momentum that is currently occurring in the transition to these new technologies, including battery electric vehicles. Battery electric technology is heavier and complicates compliance with truck weight restrictions.

“NWRA supports the EPA’s goals to make the environment a better place and increase the cleanliness and efficiency of the vehicles our companies produce and operate,” said Ross. “We simply ask that the EPA work with short-haul companies and manufacturers to develop a workable rule.”

NWRA will continue to collaborate with the EPA throughout the rulemaking process.


The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies that manage waste, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and a variety of other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit

Brandon Wright
National Waste and Recycling Association